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A Homecoming at 'Come From Away' for TDF's Autism Friendly Performances
By ELYSE ORECCHIO
Thursday, February 24, 2022  •   Meet the Member  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Feb 24, 2022  •   Meet the Member  •    0 comments Share This
At our first Autism Friendly Performance since Broadway reopened, families were filled with gratitude and joy For Amy Kavanaugh and her daughter Emily, who has cerebral palsy and global developmental delays, attending TDF's Autism Friendly Performance of Come From Away in January marked a welcome return to Broadway after two challenging and isolating...
I Stand Corrected About Standing Ovations
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Thursday, January 06, 2022  •   Meet the Member  •    4 comments Share This
Thu Jan 6, 2022  •   Meet the Member  •    4 comments Share This
After 18 months of no in-person theatre, I'm happy to leap to my feet these days --- When I saw Company last month, I jumped up to applaud before the cast even started to bow. My companion turned to me and asked, "So, is this ovation-worthy?," a not-so-subtle dig at my infamous 2017 essay in which I criticized the ubiquity of standing ovations. While...
How TDF Is Helping Veterans Get Back to Broadway
By ELYSE ORECCHIO
Wednesday, December 22, 2021  •   Meet the Member  •    2 comments Share This
Wed Dec 22, 2021  •   Meet the Member  •    2 comments Share This
After the isolation of the pandemic, participants in our Veterans Theatregoing Program value the power of the performing arts more than ever Not only has Iraq war veteran Rob Timmins been attending Broadway shows for free with TDF since the inception of our Veterans Theatregoing Program, but he's enlisted his buddies, too. At a November performance...
The Power of Seeing Sondheim—the Man
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, December 09, 2021  •   Meet the Member  •    2 comments Share This
Thu Dec 9, 2021  •   Meet the Member  •    2 comments Share This
TDF members share their memories of running into the late genius --- Two weeks after his death, Stephen Sondheim is still being remembered, mourned and feted, online and off. A multitude of essays have been written and read. Fans are flocking to his musicals—two are on stage in New York right now: Company on Broadway and Assassins at Classic...
How a Musical Helped Make Me the Woman I Am
By JUDITH MARKS-WHITE
Wednesday, October 27, 2021  •   Meet the Member  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Oct 27, 2021  •   Meet the Member  •    1 comment Share This
How the Broadway production of The Unsinkable Molly Brown changed my life --- Welcome to our latest Theatre Lovers essay. Today, TDF member Judith talks about how The Unsinkable Molly Brown turned her into a feminist. If you'd like to submit your story for consideration, email TDF Stages. I vividly recall when Meredith Willson's musical The Unsinkable...
The Last Time Theatres Closed, Returning Was an Almost Religious Experience
By DANIEL GUSS
Wednesday, August 04, 2021  •   Meet the Member  •    2 comments Share This
Wed Aug 4, 2021  •   Meet the Member  •    2 comments Share This
My first show after 9/11 took me someplace I didn't know I needed to go --- Welcome to our latest Theatre Lovers essay. In honor of theatres slowly reopening, TDF member Daniel Guss recalls his moving experience at his first show after a prior shutdown. If you'd like to submit your story for consideration, email TDF Stages. The first time I remember...
The Memories of a Broadway Baby
By JUDITH MARKS-WHITE
Wednesday, July 14, 2021  •   Meet the Member  •    4 comments Share This
Wed Jul 14, 2021  •   Meet the Member  •    4 comments Share This
Why theatre is my most enduring love --- Welcome to our latest Theatre Lovers essay. In honor of theatres slowly reopening, TDF member Judith recalls highlights from her seven decades of seeing Broadway shows. If you'd like to submit your story for consideration, email TDF Stages. I was 8 when Ray Bolger came out on stage and stole the show in Frank...
How TDF Is Getting Students to Turn on Their Cameras
By ELYSE ORECCHIO
Wednesday, April 28, 2021  •   Meet the Member  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Apr 28, 2021  •   Meet the Member  •    0 comments Share This
How TDF's Introduction to Theatre program went virtual to help students and teachers during a tumultuous year During a typical academic year, TDF's free Introduction to Theatre program connects thousands of students throughout the tristate area to the magic of live performance. But when theatres and schools closed in March 2020 due to the COVID-19...
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